In the NFL Super Bowl, no player wants to be sitting on the bench. Every guy wants to get out on the field and help win the game. God created a team of angels to do the same. And yet…

We sometimes act like we’re a one man or one woman team, leaving God’s angels to sit on the bench watching from the sidelines as we get defeated in some of our innings.

I know we don’t usually see angels, but we need to train ourselves to believe in what God says is real even if we don’t see them in bodily form. We don’t see our words going thousands of miles through space to show up on someone’s computer halfway across the world, but we believe it and we see it. Same with the work of God’s commissioned angels. “Are not the angels all ministering spirits (servants) sent out in the service of those who are to inherit salvation [complete wholeness]?” (Heb 1:14). We either don’t believe it or we don’t know enough about it to believe it. Hosea 4:6 says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”

Psalm 91: 11-12 tells us “He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.” Notice God didn’t put a limit on when the angels can help us to stay in the center of God’s will. Their mission is to “bless the Lord, do his commandments, [and] hearken unto the voice of his word” (Ps 103:20). Remember the voice of His word is not only what He speaks in the spirit, but it’s also what He has already spoken in the configuration of the heavens, in His written word, in the words and life of Jesus Christ and through the Christ in us as well. These are all “the voice of his word.”

When it comes to the angels God created to minister for us and to us, it’s a fascinating study. Though I’ve looked up and studied all the verses in the King James where the word “angel” or “angels” is mentioned, I don’t even pretend to know a fraction of what’s really available. What I do see is that our God looks on people’s hearts and He will send an angel or angels sometimes to answer the deepest questions and yearnings of our hearts.

The other thing I see is that Jesus gave clarification as to what involvement we can have with angels. “Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?” Then he said in John 14:12, “ Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also.”

Jesus gave instructions on the method of dealing with both sides of angels. He said, “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind (declare to be improper and unlawful) on earth must be what is already bound in heaven; and whatever you loose (declare lawful) on earth must be what is already loosed in heaven.” We see from several scriptures, as well as Hebrews 1:14, that God has already loosed angels in heaven whose job is to help us. Jesus is telling us that we can take an active role in getting their assistance.

But angels need the “voice of His word” to go on. If we don’t speak God’s word over a situation, it’s like the angels have nothing to go on. They can only stand by. They don’t do anything for us or against us. They just sit on the bench watching and waiting. But they can get in the action if we say what God’s word says. It’s like a river they can flow in on. And they need that river.

So if you’re a person who says a few scriptures in the morning or evening or anytime really, you might as well start loosing angels to help bring those scriptures to pass in your life. God’s already loosed them in heaven to do that very thing. They’re just waiting for you and me.

One of my favorite examples is from Genesis 24:7, “He shall send his angel before thee.” In this event, the servant of Abraham was taking ten camels full of gifts to find the prize, a wife for Isaac. No one attacked him; none of his things were stolen, broken or lost; he got to his destination healthy and strong and he got the prize.

When the servant tells Rebekah the story, he explains what Abraham told him, “The Lord, before whom I walk, will send his angel with thee, and prosper thy way.” That is God’s will for all of us. We can read or say one of these scriptures and loose angels on that “river” to help bring it to pass in our lives too.

An angel helped Hagar save her son; they helped the four lepers to get food in a famine; they helped David win battles; an angel helped Peter and led him out of prison; one helped Paul to be brave in the middle of a hurricane; an angel ministered to Jesus in a very emotionally-fraught experience in the garden of Gethsemane. Angels have been involved in so many other life events, whether or not they are physically seen.

God did not create angels to fly around and look pretty. Nor did He create them to sit around and watch us as we sometimes stumble around trying to do our best for the Lord and each other. God created ministering spirits, angels, to help us. Let’s give them rivers of scriptures to work with and loose them to do what God intended for them to do.

Love, Carolyn

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